Lockdown Life/Family News
We are in the third week of our Discipleship Sermon series. As disciples we declare God’s sovereignty and our dependence on Him. And in that dependence there is a waiting. Disciples are called to wait. It’s not a passive waiting. It’s an active waiting – a necessary waiting; a productive waiting. For Jesus, all he said and did was a response to waiting. “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” John 12:49-50
Few of us reading this this will remember the long years of waiting, before VE day on 8th May 1945. Yet the theme song for the celebrations taking place all over the UK tomorrow – “We’ll meet again” – has poignant resonance during this pandemic lockdown. Listen out for Daniel K-B playing it during Sunday’s service! As we wait to meet one another again face to face, let’s also be reminding one another that for disciples of Jesus, waiting has an eternal perspective. When we wait on God we wait with the sure hope of eternity and a conviction of Christ’s return – James 5:7-8.
Let me share a few bits St John’s family news
Our brother John Hegg will be laid to rest this Monday 11th May at 9.15am. Do pray for his immediate family, and for Andrew Beswetherick conducting the service.
The staff team is of course meeting every week online – ‘the church doors are closed but the church is very much alive’ – and Wendy is working from home dealing with all the usual Church admin and calls. She really enjoys hearing from you.
We have our online prayer meeting this Monday, 11th May, for one hour from 8-9pm. Let’s continue to keep prayer at the heart of our life together – and of course it’s a great opportunity to see one another. Zoom technology provides a brilliant platform to do this. There were 45 + of us last month. Do come! More details to follow.
Steve Nicholas has made a wonderful recovery from his heart attack a few weeks ago
And finally you’ll be glad to hear that Eddie is recovering really well.
As we wait on God, attentive to his call, prompting us to his purposes in our day
to day life let’s give thanks for one another and for the life in Him we share
(Eph 1:16-18) and the eternal hope to which he has called us.
We think this will encourage you too:
‘The Blessing UK — At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.’
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend,
Victoria, Pastoral Coordinator